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Pulapaka Susheela (born November 13, 1935), commonly known as P. Susheela, is an Indian playback singer associated with the South Indian cinema for over six decades. She has been recognized by both the Guinness Book of World Records
Guinness Book of World Records
and the Asia Book of Records for singing most number of songs in Indian languages.[1] She is also the recipient of five National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer and numerous state awards.[2][3] Susheela is widely acclaimed as a singer who defined feminism[4] in South Indian cinema and is well known for her mellifluous[5][6] vocal performances[7] for over 40,000 film songs[8] across South Indian languages. The song "Paal Polave"[9] from Tamil film Uyarndha Manidhan
Uyarndha Manidhan
brought her the first ever award at the 16th National Film Awards,[10] by winning her the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer, also making it the first Tamil film to win a National Award under that category. She is fondly called "Gana Kokila" and "Gana Saraswathi". She is also considered as one of the rich voiced singers whose pronunciation of the syllables to be more clear and precise in any of the languages she sang.[11] In a career spanning more than six decades, she has recorded nearly 40,000 songs in various Indian languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Sanskrit, Tulu and Badaga. She has also sung for Sinhalese films. Her mother tongue is Telugu. She can also speak Tamil, fluent Hindi, and a little Kannada.

Contents

1 Personal life 2 Education 3 P. Susheela
P. Susheela
Trust : 2008–present 4 Statistics

4.1 Telugu 4.2 Tamil 4.3 Kannada 4.4 Malayalam 4.5 Other languages

5 Title

5.1 Filmfare Awards South 5.2 State Awards

6 See also 7 Discography 8 References 9 External links

Personal life[edit] Susheela was born in Andhra Pradesh, India, as the daughter of Pulapaka Mukunda Rao, a leading advocate in Vizianagaram, Vizianagaram District, Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
State. She is married to Dr. Mohan Rao; they have a son named Jayakrishna and two granddaughters named Jayashree and Shubashree. Her daughter-in-law, Sandhya Jayakrishna, is a singer who debuted with A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
in Iruvar.[2][3] thumb Education[edit] After completion of schooling, Susheela joined in Maharaja's Music College under the tutelage of Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu
Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu
who was the Principal, Vizianagaram, and completed Diploma in Music from Andhra University in First Class at a very early age. P. Susheela
P. Susheela
went on to become one of the most successful playback singers of south India from 1950 to 1970. P. Susheela
P. Susheela
Trust : 2008–present[edit] The P. Susheela
P. Susheela
Trust, formed in 2008, has a monthly pension payment scheme and a few musicians in need are being benefited through it. On every 13 November there would be a musical concert during which a senior artist(s) chosen by a panel is conferred with the Lifetime Achievement awards and the P Susheela Trust award. The proceedings of the concert would go towards the Trust maintenance.[12] The Lifetime achievement awards so far has been conferred upon T. M. Soundararajan and P. B. Srinivas. The recipients of the Trust's awards so far are S. Janaki, Vani Jairam, L. R. Eswari, P. Jayachandran, S. P. Balasubramaniam and K. J. Yesudas. Statistics[edit] The Asia Book of Records has accepted that Susheela has sung 12,300 songs.[citation needed] Telugu[edit] Susheela has sung more than 12000 songs in Telugu. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam's first duet in Telugu was p susheels. SPB sang his first song with me says the legendary P. Susheela, Tamil[edit] She has sung more than 6000 songs in Tamil, including devotionals. She has sung around 1000 duets with T. M. Soundara Rajan. She also rendered more than 1500 Songs in MSV music Kannada[edit] Susheela has recorded more than 1200 songs in Kannada. She has performed numerous duets with Ghantasala and P. B. Srinivas, and also a few duets with legendary actor and singer Rajkumar. Her duets with P. B. Shrinivas are considered some of the evergreen songs of Kannada Film Industry. S. P. Balasubramaniam's first Kannada
Kannada
song Kanasido Nanasido from Nakkare Ade Swarga was a duet with Susheela. She has rendered many of Vijaya Bhaskar's songs.[13][14] Malayalam[edit] She has sung more than 1200 songs in Malayalam. The musician Devarajan gave her more than 300 songs (in all languages).[15] Other languages[edit] Susheela has sung more than 300 songs in other languages, including 100 film songs in Hindi, 120 devotional songs in Sanskrit, and 9 film songs in Sinhalese.[16]. she also Sang in Bengali. Punjabi, Tulu, Baduga and Oriya songs. Title[edit] Susheela honoured by Kannada
Kannada
people with the title GAANA SARASWATHI in 2004 at Bengaluru
Bengaluru
for her outstanding contribution to Kannada cinema.[17] Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South
(2006)[18][18]

State Awards[edit]

Year Award Movie Song

1969 Tamil Nadu State Award Uyarntha Manithan/Lakshmi Kalyanam "Paal Polave Vaan" / "Brindavanathukku"

1971 Kerala State Award Oru Penninte Katha "Poonthen Aruvi Ponmudi Puzhayude"

1975 Kerala State Award Chuvanna Sandyakal "Poovukalku Punya Kaalam"

1977 Nandi Award Daana Veera Soora Karna "Kalagantino Swamy"

1978 Nandi Award Naalaaga Endaro "Kalyanini Kanulunna Manusuku Kanipinchu"

1981 Tamil Nadu State Award Anbulla Athaan "Aazhakkadal Neenthi Vanthen"

1982 Nandi Award Meghasandesam "Aakulo Aakunai"

1984 Nandi Award Sangeetha Samrat "Entha Sogasugaade"

1987 Nandi Award Vishwanatha Nayakudu "Kavi Jana Samaaja Bhoja"

1989 Nandi Award Godavari Pongindi "Eppatla Godavari Pravahistondi"

1989 Tamil Nadu State Award Varam "Magane Magane Kannurangu"

See also[edit]

"Kamban Pugazh" award from All Ceylon Kamban Kazhakam, Sri Lanka, 2016 Raghupathi Venkaiah Award Best singer of the decade Award from Dr. Subbarami Reddy in 2001

Discography[edit] This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. References[edit]

^ http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/veteran-playback-singer-p-susheela-recognised-by-guinness-and-asia-book-of-records/article8409692.ece?homepage=true ^ a b "Happy Birthday PSusheela".  ^ a b "About". The Southern Nightingale.  ^ Amanda Weidman. "South Asian Popular Culture Voices of Meenakumari: Sound, meaning, and self-fashioning in performances of an item number".  ^ "Voice defying age". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014.  ^ "A well composed tribute to a veteran singer". The Hindu.  ^ "The Hindu : Accent is on novelty".  ^ "Melody Queen P. Susheela
P. Susheela
- Interviews".  ^ https://variety.com/2013/film/global/tamil-songwriter-vaali-dies-at-83-1200565558/ P. Susheela
P. Susheela
attributing the success of the song to Lyricist Vaali ^ http://dff.nic.in/2011/16th_nff_1970.pdf ^ "Melody Queen P. Susheela
P. Susheela
- About Smt. P. Susheela".  ^ http://expressbuzz.com/entertainment/interviews/p-susheela-playback-singer/274394.html[permanent dead link] ^ "Melody Queen P. Susheela
P. Susheela
- Kannada
Kannada
Page".  ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Melody-Still-Rules-Kannada-Music-Says-SPB/2014/08/06/article2366706.ece ^ "Melody Queen P. Susheela
P. Susheela
- Malayalam
Malayalam
Page".  ^ "Melody Queen P. Susheela
P. Susheela
- Hindi".  ^ "Honor to Melody Queen P. Susheela
P. Susheela
by Sangeeth Melody Orchestra".  ^ a b "Filmfare Awards presented". telugucinema.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 

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National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer

1968–1980

P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(1968) K. B. Sundarambal
K. B. Sundarambal
(1969) Sandhya Mukherjee (1970) P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(1971) Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar
(1972) No Award (1973) Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar
(1974) Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(1975) P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(1976) S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1977) Chhaya Ganguly (1978) Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(1979) S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1980)

1981–2000

Asha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle
(1981) P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(1982) P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(1983) S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1984) K. S. Chithra
K. S. Chithra
(1985) K. S. Chithra
K. S. Chithra
(1986) Asha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle
(1987) K. S. Chithra
K. S. Chithra
(1988) Anuradha Paudwal
Anuradha Paudwal
(1989) Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar
(1990) Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(1991) S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1992) Alka Yagnik
Alka Yagnik
(1993) Swarnalatha (1994) Anjali Marathe
Anjali Marathe
(1995) K. S. Chithra
K. S. Chithra
(1996) K. S. Chithra
K. S. Chithra
(1997) Alka Yagnik
Alka Yagnik
(1998) Jayshree Dasgupta (1999) Bhavatharini Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
(2000)

2001–present

Sadhana Sargam
Sadhana Sargam
(2001) Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal
(2002) Tarali Sarma (2003) K. S. Chithra
K. S. Chithra
(2004) Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal
(2005) Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar
Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar
(2006) Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal
(2007) Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal
(2008) Nilanjana Sarkar (2009) Rekha Bhardwaj
Rekha Bhardwaj
(2010) Roopa Ganguly
Roopa Ganguly
(2011) Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar
Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar
(2012) Bela Shende
Bela Shende
(2013) Uthara Unnikrishnan (2014) Monali Thakur
Monali Thakur
(2015) Iman Chakraborty (2016)

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Raghupathi Venkaiah Award

1980–1990

1980: L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(director and producer) 1981: P. Pullaiah and Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(director and producer) 1982: B. A. Subba Rao
B. A. Subba Rao
(director, producer and writer) 1983: M. A. Rahman 1984: Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudary (lyricist, poet and actor) 1985: Bhanumati (actor, producer, singer, music director, and writer) 1986: Bapu and Mullapudi Venkata Ramana 1987: B. Nagi Reddy (producer) 1988: D. V. S. Raju (producer) 1989: Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(actor) 1990: Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(actor, director, and producer)

1991–2000

1991: Kasinathuni Viswanath
Kasinathuni Viswanath
(Film director) 1992: S. Rajeswara Rao (composer) 1993: D. Madhusudhana Rao (producer) 1994: Anjali Devi
Anjali Devi
(actress) 1995: Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao (actor, cinematographer, director, producer) 1996: Inturi Venkateswara Rao 1997: V. Madhusudhan Rao 1998: Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (actor) 1999: Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(actress and producer) 2000: Kanta Rao
Kanta Rao
(actor, producer)

2001–present

2001: Allu Rama Lingaiah (actor) 2002: P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(playback singer) 2003: V. B. Rajendra Prasad (producer) 2004: Krishnaveni (actress and producer) 2005: M. S. Reddy (producer, writer, and director) 2006: Daggubati Rama Naidu (producer, actor) 2007: Tammareddy Krishna Murthy (producer) 2008: Vijaya Nirmala (actress, producer and director) 2009: K. Ragava (producer) 2010: M. Balaiah (actor, producer and director) 2011: Kaikala Satyanarayana (actor, producer and director) 2012: Kodi Ramakrishna
Kodi Ramakrishna
(director) 2013: Vanisri (actress) 2014: Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(actor) 2015: Eswar (publicity designer, writer) 2016: Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(actor, producer)

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Filmfare Award South for Lifetime Achievement

1983–1989

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Sowcar Janaki
Sowcar Janaki
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (1986) Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(1987) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1988) Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
(1989)

1990–1999

Padmini (1990) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1991) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1992) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1993) K. Balachander, Kasinathuni Viswanath, B. Saroja Devi, Madhu, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(1994) Nagesh & Manorama (1995) Krishna & Sharada (1996) Nedumudi Venu
Nedumudi Venu
& S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1997) Allu Rama Lingaiah & Lakshmi (1998) Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
& Mugur Sundar (1999) D. Ramanaidu & Sheela (2000)

2001–2010

M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(2001) Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao & Vishnuvardhan (2002) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
& Vijayashanti (2003) K. R. Vijaya & Ramoji Rao (2004) Thilakan
Thilakan
& Sukumari
Sukumari
(2005) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
& P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(2006) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
& Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(2007) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(2008) Ambareesh & KPAC Lalitha (2009) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
& Jayasudha (2010)

2011–present

S. P. Muthuraman
S. P. Muthuraman
& Seema (2011) Bapu & Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(2012) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
& Jayabharathi
Jayabharathi
(2013) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
& Raadhika (2014) Mohan Babu (2015) Vijaya Nirmala (2016)

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Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
award recipients (2000–09)

2000

V. K. Aatre Anil Agarwal Ram Narain Agarwal Sharan Rani Backliwal Swami Kalyandev Veerendra Heggade Pavaguda V. Indiresan Wahiduddin Khan B. B. Lal Raghunath Anant Mashelkar H. Y. Sharada Prasad Rajinikanth Begum Aizaz Rasul Radha Reddy Raja Reddy Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan Karamshi Jethabhai Somaiya S. Srinivasan Ratan Tata Harbans Singh Wasir

2001

Dev Anand Viswanathan Anand Amitabh Bachchan Rahul Bajaj B. R. Barwale Balasaheb Bharde Boyi Bhimanna Swadesh Chatterjee Baldev Raj Chopra Ashok Desai K. M. George Bhupen Hazarika Lalgudi Jayaraman Yamini Krishnamurthy Shiv K. Kumar Raghunath Mohapatra Arun Netravali Mohan Singh Oberoi Rajendra K. Pachauri Abdul Karim Parekh Amrita Patel Pran Aroon Purie B. V. Raju Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Sundaram Ramakrishnan Chitranjan Singh Ranawat Palle Rama Rao Raj Reddy Kum Uma Sharma L. Subramaniam Naresh Trehan

2002

Gary Ackerman H. P. S. Ahluwalia Prabha Atre Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya Chandu Borde Eugene Chelyshev Pravinchandra Varjivan Gandhi Shobha Gurtu Henning Holck-Larsen Zakir Hussain B. K. S. Iyengar Faquir Chand Kohli V. C. Kulandaiswamy Gury Marchuk Jagat Singh Mehta Ismail Merchant Mario Miranda Frank Pallone Ramanujam Varatharaja Perumal Natesan Rangabashyam Maharaja Krishna Rasgotra Habib Tanvir Kottayan Katankot Venugopal Nirmal Verma K. J. Yesudas

2003

Teejan Bai Ammannur Madhava Chakyar Prabhu Chawla Herbert Fischer Jamshyd Godrej Coluthur Gopalan K. Parasaran B. Rajam Iyer Shri Krishna Joshi Madurai Narayanan Krishnan Rajinder Kumar Ramesh Kumar Purshotam Lal Sitakant Mahapatra Bagicha Singh Minhas Subhash Mukhopadhyay P. S. Narayanaswamy Arcot Ramachandran Trichur V. Ramachandran Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti T. V. Sankaranarayanan Naseeruddin Shah T. V. R. Shenoy Jagjit Singh Ram Badan Singh Hari Shankar Singhania Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman Narayanan Srinivasan Padma Subrahmanyam Swapna Sundari O. V. Vijayan Herbert Alexandrovich Yefremov

2004

Thoppil Varghese Antony Soumitra Chatterjee Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari Gulzar Sardara Singh Johl M. V. Kamath Komal Kothari Yoshirō Mori Gopi Chand Narang Govindarajan Padmanaban Poornima Arvind Pakvasa Vishnu Prabhakar N. Rajam C. H. Hanumantha Rao Thiruvengadam Lakshman Sankar T. N. Seshagopalan Bijoy Nandan Shahi Krishna Srinivas Alarmel Valli

2005

Sardar Anjum Andre Beteille Chandi Prasad Bhatt Tumkur Ramaiya Satish Chandran Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri Yash Chopra Manna Dey Irfan Habib Yusuf Hamied Qurratulain Hyder Tarlochan Singh Kler Anil Kohli Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Mrinal Miri Hari Mohan Brijmohan Lall Munjal M. T. Vasudevan Nair Azim Premji Balraj Puri Syed Mir Qasim A. Ramachandran G. V. Iyer Ramakrishna V. S. Ramamurthy K.I.Varaprasad Reddy K. Srinath Reddy Girish Chandra Saxena Narasimhiah Seshagiri Mark Tully

2006

Jaiveer Agarwal P. S. Appu Shashi Bhushan Ganga Prasad Birla Grigory Bongard-Levin Lokesh Chandra Chiranjeevi Dinesh Nandini Dalmia Tarun Das Madhav Gadgil A. K. Hangal Devaki Jain Kamleshwar Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan Sabri Khan Ghulam Mustafa Khan Shanno Khurana Gunter Kruger P. Leela K. P. P. Nambiar Nandan Nilekani Sai Paranjpye Deepak Parekh M. V. Pylee Subramaniam Ramadorai N. S. Ramaswamy Pavani Parameswara Rao Ramakanta Rath V. Shanta Hira Lall Sibal Billy Arjan Singh Jasjit Singh Vijaypat Singhania K. G. Subramanyan K. K. Talwar Vijay Shankar Vyas Dušan Zbavitel

2007

Javed Akhtar Gabriel Chiramel Ela Gandhi Saroj Ghose V. Mohini Giri Somnath Hore Jamshed Jiji Irani Gurcharan Singh Kalkat N. Mahalingam Prithipal Singh Maini Tyeb Mehta Rajan and Sajan Mishra Rajan and Sajan Mishra Sunil Mittal Ramankutty Nair Gopaldas Neeraj Indra Nooyi Kavalam Narayana Panicker Bhikhu Parekh Syed Mohammad Sharfuddin Quadri Vilayanur S. Ramachandran Tapan Raychaudhuri S. H. Raza Jeffrey Sachs Chandra Prasad Saikia L. Z. Sailo Shiv Kumar Sarin Shriram Sharma Manju Sharma T. N. Srinivasan Osamu Suzuki K. T. Thomas

2008

Mian Bashir Ahmed Kaushik Basu Shayama Chona Jagjit Singh
Jagjit Singh
Chopra Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar Chandrashekhar Dasgupta Asis Datta Meghnad Desai Padma Desai Sukh Dev Nirmal Kumar Ganguly B. N. Goswamy Vasant Gowarikar Baba Kalyani K. V. Kamath Inderjit Kaur Ravindra Kelekar Asad Ali Khan Dominique Lapierre D. R. Mehta Shiv Nadar Suresh Kumar Neotia T. K. Oommen K. Padmanabhaiah Vikram Pandit V. Ramachandran Sushil Kumar Saxena Amarnath Sehgal Jasdev Singh Sri Lal Sukla P. Susheela S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan Yuli Vorontsov Sunita Williams Ji Xianlin

2009

Isher Judge Ahluwalia Inderjit Kaur Barthakur Shamshad Begum Abhinav Bindra Shanta Dhananjayan V. P. Dhananjayan Ramachandra Guha Shekhar Gupta Khalid Hameed Minoru Hara Jayakanthan Thomas Kailath Sarvagya Singh Katiyar G. Krishna R. C. Mehta A. Sreedhara Menon S. K. Misra A. M. Naik Satish Nambiar Kunwar Narayan Nagnath Naikwadi Kirit Parikh Sam Pitroda C. K. Prahalad Gurdip Singh Randhawa Brijendra Kumar Rao Bhakta B. Rath C. S. Seshadri V. Ganapati Sthapati Devendra Triguna Sarojini Varadappan

# Posthumous conferral

1954–1959 1960–1969 1970–1979 1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2009 2010–2019

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 60684280 LCCN: n89291374 MusicBrainz: bb52ec6b-2446-41f9

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